Hey, did you hear that Barack Obama’s poll numbers are up?
“Obama Approval Rating Hits Two Year High” <Yahoo Politics, link>
Wow, good for you mr. Obama, but I couldn’t help but notice some other headlines in the news today and recently. Here is a small sampling:
Jihadist Attacks on Egypt Grow Fiercer <New York Times, link>
…a rising jihadist insurgency that has shaken the stability of this most populous Arab state, a key ally of the United States.
Russia is reviewing the ‘legality’ of Baltic states’ independence <Business Insider, link>
Over the last year, the Baltic states have been on high alert following the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. They perceive Russia’s increased militarization as a threat to their security interests (and possibly independence.)
Day of Terror: Three Attacks Shock the World <ABC News, link>
A gunman opened fire on beachgoers at a hotel in Tunisia oday, killing at least 39 people and injuring at least 39, officials said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated on social media today. The attack in Tunisia is one of three alleged terrorist attacks today: in Kuwait, at least 16 were killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque, and in France, a man was believed to have been decapitated at an American-owned energy factory.
IRS erased Lois Lerner’s emails even after subpoena, audit says <Washington Times, link>
The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner’s emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an “unbelievable” chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency’s inspector general said Thursday.
Raise rates or face ‘devastating’ bubbles, says Fed official <FT.com, link>
Recalling the tech bubble in the 1990s and the housing bubble of the 2000s, he said: “Zero [interest rates] is too low in that kind of environment. I wouldn’t be comfortable with that. A zero rate would feed into an asset price bubble”.
“When asset bubbles start, they keep going until they blow up out of control with devastating consequences.”
As ISIS gains ground, Obama admits US still has no strategy to defeat it <Christian Today, link>
US President Barack Obama revealed at the G7 summit of world leaders on Monday that the country still has no “complete strategy” to fight against the Islamic State which has scored a string of victories in Syria and Iraq…The US leader’s comments were similar to his statement last August when the US-led airstrikes on ISIS targets began. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama also said then.
State-Run Obamacare Exchanges Careening Toward Disaster <Forbes.com, link>
Two of the original 17 state exchanges have failed. Half of those that remain are struggling financially… Things are so bad that Covered California’s executive director, Peter Lee, recently admitted that the “long-term sustainability of the organization” remains an open question.
The final installment in today’s post is this: our federal debt, according to the real-time U.S. National Debt Clock <link>, is $18.289 trillion.
Let’s all enjoy this screen shot of Barack Hussein Obama’s handiwork:
Enjoy your poll ratings, mr. Obama, you’ve earned them.